9 Basics on MAJOR Post-Christmas Sale

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Happy New Year, dolls! I took the last week off so I apologize for being MIA. Now that we’re married, Jeremy and I have quite a few places throughout the Southeast to be for the holidays and while there is more family to love, it gets a little tricky to juggle. But regardless, I hope y’all had such a wonderful Christmas!

If you’re like me, your Christmas money is burning a hole in your pocket. Luckily, these sales won’t quit. But I want to totally encourage y’all to use these steep discounts to invest in basics that will last you year after year. So I rounded up some of my every day favorites as well as some items I scored!

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Zella High Waist Midi Leggings: Only $26 | Available in all sizes

Let’s start with my favorite recent purchase and one of the cheapest on the list. I have always worn leggings from Old Navy, but unfortunately they just don’t hold up for that long. After hearing all the hype about Zella leggings, I pulled the trigger and spent $60 on a pair. THEN… I saw that Z by Zella leggings were available for over half off that price so I decided to compare the two. Honestly y’all, I prefer the cheaper version! Yippee! The length hits at the exact right spot for my 5’4 frame and they really suck everything in but with a ton of stretch and comfort. I ordered the small and they fit great.

J.Crew Factory Vail Parka: Over 50% off

I have had my eye on this gorgeous coat for years and finally scooped it up about a month ago after trying it on in stores and realizing how beautiful it is on. For a large Winter coat that really keeps me warm, it is surprisingly flattering. For size reference, I wear a size US4 in it.

Tory Burch Miller Sandals: 40% off

I already own these sandals in tan and black (which I purchased for full price *rolls eyes*) so I  can’t justify purchasing another pair, but one of the number one questions I receive is where to get Tory Burch Miller Sandals on sale. They very rarely drop the price on these super popular sandals but when they do, it’s usually on a not-so-wearable color. Luckily, the neutral tortoise print is now 40% off making this the perfect time to invest!

Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-Hight Boots: 33% off

Along with what seemed like every blogger, I purchased these gorgeous boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and wore them throughout the Fall and into the Winter. The light tan color was exactly what my closet was missing. Now they are marked down even more so if you missed out on them during the Sale, it’s the perfect time to pull the trigger.

Frost-Free Puffer Jacket: Under $30

Throughout the Winter, I gravitate toward bold, red hues. But girlfriend has gotta stay warm too! So I took full opportunity of these sales to score this gorgeous red puffer jacket for only $27. The run a tad bit large and I purchased the size small.

Striped Layering T-Shirt: Only $7.60

I honestly own multiple of these shirts in stripes, white, black, etc. They wash well and hold up for years which is crazy for the price of less than eight bucks. These are the t-shirts you see everyone layering under vests and sweaters because the tunic length pairs so well. These do run oversized, though, so be sure to size down. I wear a size small.

Blank NYC Suede Moto Jacket: 40% off

The perfect piece to elevate any of your Fall and Winter looks, you honestly need this chic (GENUINE SUEDE) jacket. The tan is my favorite, but the gray version is GORG too!

Ugg Daelynn Boots: 35% off

No one can call Uggs ugly now that they launched adorable versions that are topped with a bow. I, personally, always wear my classic tall Ugg Boots rolled over exposing the shearling liner inside. These achieve that same look and more AND are 35% off. These are selling out fast though! I originally had my eye on the shorter, under $100 version but unfortunately they are gone so I would scoop these up while you still can.

Goodnight Macaroon Over-the-Knee Boots: 30% off

I talk about these boots ALL. THE. TIME. And that’s honestly because they’re THAT GOOD. They stay up great without being too tight and the low heel makes them comfortable for all day wear. Be sure to size up one full size. I am a size 8.5 and the 40 fits great.

Fruity Pebbles Christmas Tree Treats

Happy Thursday, y’all! Hopefully your shopping is done and you’re looking forward to the long weekend and spending time with your loved ones. Now that I’m married, Christmas is a bit hectic because we have two families to celebrate with. But it’s also amazing because there is double the love! My mother taught me to never show up to a party empty handed, but unfortunately she never taught me how to bake so I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe that is great for those of us who are baking-challenged or if you want a fun treat to make with kids. Scroll to the bottom for ingredients and recipe. Happy Holidays, loves!

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 (16oz) bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 (11oz) box Fruity Pebbles cereal (about 7 cups)
  • Cookie Icing, preferably with a small tip
  • Multicolored Sprinkles
  • Pecan Log slices for the tree stumps

Instructions

  1. Spray a 13×9-inch baking or casserole dish with baking spray or grease with butter.
  2. In a large non-stick stock pot at medium heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Remove melted marshmallows from heat. Add Fruity Pebbles cereal and stir/fold until the melted marshmallows are evenly distributed amongst the cereal.
  4. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish. Spray the bottom of your measuring cup to evenly flatten the mixture into the dish. Allow to cool and harden for 1-2 hours. (The longer you wait, the easier the treats will maintain their shape when cutting)
  5. Carefully flip the dish and dump the treats onto a buttered piece of parchment paper. Then cut the cereal rectangle in half lengthwise. Then cut off one end at an angle and cut back and forth creating triangles. Place the triangles on parchment or wax paper.
  6. Heat the cookie icing for a few seconds so it reaches your desired consistency. Then draw zig zag lines over the trees. Immediately add sprinkles and allow icing to harden.
  7. Attach the pecan log slices with either a dab of the icing or with half of a toothpick.

Winter Nighttime Skincare Routine

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With the first day of Winter a mere four days away, I have already transitioned my nighttime skincare routine to a more extensive and moisturizing one in order to prepare. As a long-time sufferer of dry skin and psoriasis, Winter weather can wreak havoc on me. And with one Winter storm down and a chilly season predicted, I have to really up my skincare routine to counteract the elements. So today I wanted to share the products that are keeping me hydrated while giving me bright, breakout-free skin.

Thank you to Banila Co for sponsoring this post. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm

I begin my skincare routine by removing my makeup and cleansing my skin with Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. This product is my first foray into K-Beauty and I’m hooked! Regular cleansers tend to strip my skin of its oils causing it to overproduce and give me breakouts. You know that tight skin feeling you get after washing your face? Ya, you don’t get that with this nourishing cleanser. Clean It Zero is a balm packed with ginseng berry and rooibos leaf that removes makeup, dirt, and dead skin cells (ew) while nourishing your skin and maintaining its pH balance. This cleansing balm comes in four formulations – one for every skin type – but I use the Nourishing version for dry skin.

Tula Dual-Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads

If I see my face starting to get flaky in certain areas, once to twice a week I will do additional exfoliation with Tula’s Dual-Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads. These pads are essentially a mini facial for a fraction of the cost. Packed with probiotics and witch hazel, you first rub the smooth side all over your face to dispense the serum. Then flip to the textured side to exfoliate your skin. They’ll leave your skin bright and smooth!

Loccitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

This is my favorite trick for the Winter months! I love a good, hot bath, especially when it’s chilly outside, but that warm water only facilitates in drying my skin out. So while I am running the water, I will spritz in an oil to moisturize my skin while bathing. My favorite oils are from Loccitane because they are packed with great ingredients and smell like the spa, but any body oil will do! A little goes a long way, but after only seconds in the water and you can already feel the additional moisture in your skin. Just be careful when standing because it can get a little slippery!

Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum

In the Winter months, I double up on my serums to really pack an extra punch of moisture. If you’re not using a serum in addition to your moisturizer, let’s chat. Moisturizer is formulated to  hydrate the skin and lock that moisture in. Serums, on the other hand, penetrate the top layer of your skin and address damage at a cellular level. So, having both in your routine is vital. I massage 4-5 drops of Dermalogica’s Overnight Repair Serum onto my face and not only does it smell calming and amazing, but the organ and rose oils help to smooth fine lines and brighten my skin.

Dermalogica Multipower Vitamin Serum

Since I am a little extra, I typically combine the Overnight Repair Serum with Dermalogica’s other miracle worker, the Multivitamin Serum to infuse my skin with vitamins A, C, and E. These work together to fight signs of aging and neutralize any hyperpigmentation.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

For moisturizer, I have recently made the switch to Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream. When it comes to chilly Winter weather, be sure to look for products that contain hyaluronic acid. It’s the shit. Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, but as you age, these supplies deplete. Using products that contain it help your cells retain moisture and plump your skin. What’s unique about this moisturizer is that it features a state-of-the-art hyaluronic acid complex that works on a molecular level to help reduce Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and infuse skin with 48 hours of vital moisture.

Loccitane Hand Cream

My final step before going to sleep is to slather my hands with Loccitane’s Hand Cream. My hands are one of the driest parts of my body and the area that shows age the fastest! The best part about this hand cream is that it soaks in quickly so you don’t feel greasy – I HATE that feeling! And the scent is unisex so both you and your partner can enjoy it. I keep this miracle worker in my nightstand so I can always have it on hand.

I hope y’all enjoyed this post! If there are any products you swear by, leave them in the comments below!